September 7, 2009
Responding after a rough loss is something that is not unfamiliar to the Cavalier football team. In 2007, Virginia lost its opening game to Wyoming, 23-3, but came back to win their next seven in a row en route to a nine win season. Last year saw the Cavs lose at Duke, 31-3, but then respond to win their next four. 2009 will find them looking to respond once again.
Saturday's 26-14 loss to William and Mary leaves room for much improvement for Virginia. The Cavaliers committed seven turnovers to help the Tribe to the win, and Al Groh will spend the week looking to correct a good number of the mistakes. The contest also saw the Cavs miss two interception chances that would have halted William and Mary drives. It marked their fourth straight season opening loss.
It gets no easier on Saturday, as Virginia welcomes Texas Christian into Scott Stadium. The Horned Frogs enter ranked 17 in both the AP and the USA Today Coaches Poll. TCU will be playing in its season opener, and has won their last six openers. This marks only the second time these two teams are meeting.
One of the many questions on the minds of Cavalier fans is at quarterback. All three quarterback candidates played in this past Saturday's loss. Vic Hall started and rushed for a touchdown on Virginia's opening drive, but also lost two fumbles, and also lost a punt return. Jameel Sewell threw three interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown, while Marc Verica lost a fumble as well.
Virginia's defense had a relatively solid game, giving up 309 yards, but will need to step up this Saturday. TCU enters as one of the fastest teams in football, and were among the national leaders in time of possession last season.
Virginia will host Texas Christian on Saturday at 3:30pm. Click on the above video link to hear from Al Groh and the players on bouncing back from the loss to William and Mary.